Kate Middleton is the girl next door who's living a real-life royal fairytale, and given the chance, most of us would love to walk a mile in her trendy nude L.K. Bennett heels. Arguably one of the most fashionable women in the world, Middleton's dress choices have caused designers' Web sites to crash from all the attention. Middleton's sapphire and diamond engagement ring -- previously worn by the late Princess Diana -- inspired a new generation of imitations when she and Prince William announced their engagement in 2010. The blue Issa dress Middleton wore the same day caused such frenzy that the dress sold out of stores in record time.
While the Duchess of Cambridge has hardly endured seeing her name on a worst dressed list, this commoner-turned-royal wasn't always so fashionable. After overcoming a few missteps, Middleton has evolved into one of today's most recognizable style icons. In no particular order, here are 10 fashion lessons we can learn from Kate Middleton.